that I was supposed to have eaten all the dinner without any assistance.

Category: Mind | Type: Discussion | Title: David Copperfield (in Context) | Author: Charles Dickens | Ch: I Am Sent Away from Home

David is subject to many different sorts of shame, this having to do with his appetite. So he denies himself food on the journey's remainder. Embarrassment and diffidence, especially when confronted with older people, will pursue him for many years, and some major part of his education entails gaining the self-possession that liberates him from this sort of shame. 

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